Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems

The Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems (MSCIS) offered by the Computer Science and MIS departments combines technology and business skills, enabling students to apply their experiences to further their professional goals.

MSCIS courses are offered in the evenings starting at 6pm, making it possible for those who work during the day to complete degree requirements with part-time study. Assuming a normal course load of two classes during each of Fall and Spring Semesters and one class during Summer Session, you can finish the program in two to three years, depending on preparation.

The current UW-Parkside catalog contains detailed information about the CIS program.


The MSCIS program is right for you if: you have little or no background in CS or MIS and you wish to gain credentials as a computer and information systems professional, or you have a degree in CIS or MIS and you wish to advance yourself technically and professionally.  The MSCIS program is entirely course-based -- you will not be required to do a thesis or research project, but you will write a document suitable for publication.


After completing the online application and submitting the $56 non-refundable application fee, you will need to submit the following:
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended, other than UW-Parkside
  • Official GMAT score sent directly to UW-Parkside (School code  1860)
  • An updated resume that details your work history, if applicable
  • Two letters of recommendation


If you have little or no background in CS or MIS, you will complete a set of prerequisite courses appropriate to your preparation. These courses cover calculus, programming, and data structures. The number of courses required -- up to three -- will depend on your previous coursework and experience. Please contact the Graduate Dean to discuss your situation.

Entrance Requirements

To be considered for admission into the MSCIS program, an application must:

    Have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with an undergraduate GPA (UGPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

    Submit GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) exam scores.

    Submit an online application form along with a letter of application outlining your professional goals.

    Have two people submit letters of recommendation in your behalf indicating promise for your success in graduate studies.

    International students whose native language is not English are required to provide evidence of English language competence, normally by presenting a satisfactory score on the TOEFL exam.

At the discretion of the program faculty, students with minor deficiencies in items 1 and 2 may be conditionally accepted into the MSCIS program if they can otherwise demonstrate significant potential for success.

For more information please contact the Graduate Dean



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